AuthorPerno, Savannah Leigh
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
AbstractWe examined four microbial amendments, two natural biocrusts and two commercial inoculants, to see how they impact soil stability and microbial community development in an arid climate. We found that the regional biocrusts were successful in increasing soil aggregation and photosynthetic bacterial populations, while the other treatments did not significantly change the degraded soil conditions. These findings can be built upon in future research to understand the most efficient way to scale-up microbial-based dust mitigation strategies, such as large scale application of biocrust-forming microbes.